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Dress up is for kids, right? Wrong!

Exploring the world of Cosplay

Photo by Big Guy Slim

Cosplay 101

We all loved playing dress up as kids, we enjoy fancy dress parties as we get older, however there is a community which has long been misunderstood. That is the Cosplay community.

Popular with children and adults alike, cosplay is the act of wearing a costume, generally based around a book, film or game. Most will think of comic book superheroes and Japanese cartoons but that is just a small part of this growing community.

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Some cosplayers come under scrutiny for what many deem as unnecessary nudity/skimpy versions of much loved characters, however popular these interpretations may prove. This is a shame, not because the majority of these controversial costumes are worn by attractive women, but because most of the criticism finds itself in the form of personal attacks online.

Personally I have been a fan of cosplay for a long time. It is great to see characters from your favourite films, games and books in ‘real life’. Some cosplayers focus purely on mimicking the appearance of a character whilst others role play. Some have such a skill at getting into character you would be surprised how lifelike they can make these characters.

Often at game expos you will find cosplayers, of varying commitment, from people wearing merchandise to full blown body suits and paint. There are now companies specialising in making costumes of popular characters which will often approach models to wear their work at events, to often stunning results.

Blending interests

The world of cosplay offers unique opportunities to a photographer. You have a large number of people who are willing to be photographed, and you get to shoot some of your favourite characters.

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Photo by Big Guy Slim

I would like to introduce you to Tasha Cosplay UK. You can check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or her own Website. Tasha has been cosplaying since 2012 and has fast become popular. Sitting on panels at conventions, judging competitions and even working as a presenter for Machinima SBOC. When not working you can often find Tasha streaming on Twitch as she is also an avid gamer.

To anyone who watched TV in the 90’s you will likely remember a popular spin off from the TV show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys… Xena Warrior Princess. A strong female lead and excellent writing made the show an instant classic, complete with a cult following.

As a self confessed nerd I would jump at the opportunity to shoot cosplay, and that is what could be happening.

Details are thin at the moment however after reaching out to Tasha a photoshoot is looking possible.

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Initial thoughts are a Black Widow cosplay with a motorcycle (the character has a rich history with bikes) however we’ll see how things progress as this could well change.